Released: Jan 1995
Considered by many fans to be the band's greatest work, Vittrad plumbs the darker side of Sweden's folk music heritage. These songs are peopled by slaughtered women, sold-off daughters, and mothers raised from the dead, and the music reflects the often-grotesque subject matter. It's brooding stuff, brought to life by a droning violin and insistent beats and a band who grew up listening to rock 'n' roll -- and who uses its propulsion. Vittrad sits easily alongside the Goth sounds of bands like Dead Can Dance, but Garmarna's gravitas is entirely earned, leavened by vocalist Emma Hardelin.